Anna Ferris Simpson: So, this was a case of her having multiple outs and having to quickly change out everything after Teller’s choice (the rest of the cards they discarded in the deck also included the same message at the bottom). Indeed, at approximately the 6 minute mark, after Teller makes his shark choice, you can see the deck of cards being switched out behind Anna. So I guess the object they were referring to onstage was the table (I’m assuming someone under there who also had access to the die and laid down the adhesive for her shoe).
Pierre Ulric: Penn ruled out the hood and blindfold as being opaque, so I still have no idea how he could have seen through it to draw the guy. As for eyes on the bottom of his shoes, when I watched it again, I did notice him step on Penn’s drawing for a few seconds while he was wearing those silly glasses, so I’m wondering if there’s a connection there (some sort of camera?).
Garrett Thomas: The answer is given to us directly that it’s not a gimmicked ring, it’s just excellent sleight of hand (although I think the truth is that there are two rings). It’s pretty amazing to see it done right under Teller’s nose. I’m wondering if he actually dislocated his ring finger (when you hear that loud crack) while he tucks it behind his middle finger, because that would be commitment.
Francis Menotti: Going by Penn’s clues, the trick involves a Mercury fold and the dollar bill is concealed in his thumb tip, but I still can’t figure out the box (I noticed he turned it upside down when it became wooden planks, but it still had the hinge). I also noticed his hand disappearing out of shot a couple of times (once when he’s handling the dollar bill and switching out the card deck with his left hand, and another when his right hand disappears under the podium for unknown reasons), but again, I didn’t catch how the deck switched back or the dollar ended up back in the constructed box.
P&T’s act was fun and I never caught any of the moves until after the fact. They’re always two steps ahead of the audience.
I read that they are doing filming now for season 8 without a studio audience, and international acts will be performed live via Zoom, which will have to be seen to be believed. There is also a Merry Fool Us Christmas special scheduled for December 16.